In the pantheon of contemporary jazz pianists — from Keith Jarrett to Herbie Hancock — Craig Taborn is not widely known. But among fellow jazz musicians, he’s revered. Vijay Iyer calls him “one of the greatest living pianists.”
Taborn is intensely private and deliberately keeps a low profile. Maybe it has something to do with his Midwestern roots — or growing up black in Minnesota. In recent albums like “Avenging Angel” and “Daylight Ghosts,” he’s reinventing the art of jazz improvisation. And he seems to be turning music into a philosophical quest.